Definition of Attempt

1. Noun. Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something. "She gave it a good try"

2. Verb. Make an effort or attempt. "They attempt to move "; "She always seeks to do good in the world"

3. Noun. The act of attacking. "They made an attempt on his life"
Exact synonyms: Attack
Generic synonyms: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Specialized synonyms: Assault
Derivative terms: Attack

4. Verb. Enter upon an activity or enterprise.
Exact synonyms: Set About, Undertake
Generic synonyms: Initiate, Pioneer
Derivative terms: Undertaking

Definition of Attempt

1. v. t. To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.

2. v. i. To make an attempt; -- with upon.

3. n. A essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an effort to gain a point; esp. an unsuccessful, as contrasted with a successful, effort.

Definition of Attempt

1. Verb. To try. ¹

2. Noun. The action of trying at something. (defdate 1530) ¹

3. Noun. An assault or attack, especially an assassination attempt. (defdate 1580) ¹

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Definition of Attempt

1. to make an effort to do or accomplish [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Attempt

1. 1. To make trial or experiment of; to try; to endeavor to do or perform (some action); to assay; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight. "Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose." (Longfellow) 2. To try to move, by entreaty, by afflictions, or by temptations; to tempt. "It made the laughter of an afternoon That Vivien should attempt the blameless king." (Thackeray) 3. To try to win, subdue, or overcome; as, one who attempts the virtue of a woman. "Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further: Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute." (Shak) 4. To attack; to make an effort or attack upon; to try to take by force; as, to attempt the enemy's camp. "Without attempting his adversary's life." (Motley) Synonym: See Try. Origin: OF. Atenter, also spelt atempter, F. Attenter, fr. L. Attentare to attempt; ad + tentare, temptare, to touch, try, v. Intens. Of tendere to stretch. See Tempt, and cf. Attend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Attempt

attempt (current term)
attempted rape
attend to
attendance allowance
attendance check

Literary usage of Attempt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The pilgrim's progress by John Bunyan, James Solas Dodd (1795)
"... to attempt further in this business ; for those things that he disdained in those did I see most glory ; and so at last I got past this importunate one. ..."

2. Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (1874)
"D. Dr Ingleby presented to every Member of the Society who had paid his Subscription by Nov. 7, 1874, a copy of his Still Lion, an attempt to establish a ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1888)
"An ill-judged and unsuccessful y more skilful in all points of navigation than attempt on this island delayed them nearly any that ever was before his time, ..."

4. Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham by Julius Hutchinson, Charles Harding Firth (1906)
"The attempt to obtain possession of the powder in the magazine of the county ... 651) concludes that the account given in these Memoirs of the attempt made ..."

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